Annual Report 2013

The Year in Review

The year 2013 has seen the continuing release of political prisoners from jails across Burma. Throughout the year, 380 political prisoners have been freed under conditional releases. However this year will also be recognized as one that demonstrated ongoing problems within the democratic transition. Many activists who were released faced multiple charges under the same area of law over the year, regularly for carrying out peaceful political activities. Re-arrests of activists have been extremely common over the last 12 months, and the increasing use of Section 18 of The Peaceful Assembly Law has been of particular detriment to political freedom in Burma. There are still ongoing concerns over the situation political prisoners find themselves in upon their release from prison.

Despite this, it should first be recognized that by the end of 2013 AAPP estimated there were a remaining 30 political prisoners in Burma’s prisons. The Presidential Pardon order number-51/2013 saw the removal of charges against many activists who were facing trial under several areas of law, including Article 18 of The Peaceful Assembly Law and Section 505 (b) of the Penal Code relating to public mischief, on December 31st 2013. However, the pardon did not call for the removal of these areas of law, or their revision and amendment. Political activists still carry out their activities in the knowledge that the law is in place to arrest them for their work. The advent of Section 18 as a tool to oppress political activists saw dramatic increases in the number of political protester arrests, fines and/or imprisonments. Well known activists such as Daw Naw Ohn Hla and Ko Htin Kyaw have been continually arrested under Article 18 and Section 505 (b) of the Penal Code leading to numerous arrests and re-imprisonments throughout the year.

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Assistance Assosiation for Political Prisoners
Tate Naing  Secretary  (+66)81 2878 751
Bo Kyi   Joint Secretary (+95)9 42530 8840